Directed by Margarethe von Trotta • 2009 • Germany
Starring Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung
Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed twelfth-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist, and ecological activist. In VISION, director Margarethe von Trotta reunites with recurrent star Barbara Sukowa to bring the story of this extraordinary woman to life. In a masterful performance, Sukowa portrays von Bingen’s fierce determination to expand the responsibilities of women within the order, even as she fends off outrage over the visions she claims to receive from God. Lushly shot in the original medieval cloisters of the German countryside, VISION is a profoundly inspirational portrait of a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change, and enlightenment.